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AUS-W vs IND-W, 1st ODI – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Australia Women vs India Women, (AUS-W vs IND-W, 1st ODI)

Date: September 21, 2021 

Venue: Harrup Park, Mackay 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Australia Women vs India Women series will be broadcasted on Sony Pictures Network in India. The first ODI match will be live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD at 5:35 AM IST. You can also watch the match on the online streaming platform, Sony Liv. 

AUS-W vs IND-W, 1st ODI – What to expect: 

India Women’s tour of Australia will comprise three ODIs, one Test and three T20 internationals. The multi-format series will kickstart with the first One-Day International at Harrup Park in Mackay, Queensland on Tuesday, September 21. 

The series offers both the teams a competitive platform to start their preparation towards 2022 Women’s ODI World Cup in New Zealand in six months time. India have a massive challenge in front of them as Australia Women have been the most dominant force in world cricket. Meg Lanning’s team is on a 24-match winning streak in ODI cricket. They also clean swept India in India the last time they faced each other in 2018. India, on the other hand, have lost their last two series this year – by 1-4 against South Africa and by 1-2 against England. 

Pitch Report of AUS-W vs IND-W, 1st ODI 

The Harrup Park Country Club in Mackay, Queensland has not hosted any international cricket or domestic 50-over cricket. Only seven T20 matches have taken place at this venue in Women’s Big Bash League back in 2018-19. The surface looked decent with help for both batters and bowlers. The weather is expected to be sunny for the most part of the match. 

Australia Women, Expected XI and Team News 

Meg Lanning-led Australia are an extremely settled unit with both the departments looking solid despite the loss of Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen. Schutt opted out owing to personal reasons while Jonassen suffered a stress injury. Top order batter Georgia Redmayne and pacer Stella Campbell received their maiden call-ups. The management has hinted at not playing Tyla Vlaeminck until the T20I leg to protect the pacer. One of Darcie Brown or Maitlan Brown is likely to play. 

Probable XI – Rachel Haynes, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (captain), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Ash Gardner, Sophie Molineux, Annabel Sutherland, Tahlia McGrath, Stella Campbell, Darcie Brown

India Women, Expected XI and Team News 

The Indian management made several changes to the squad that toured England in June. Left hand batter Yastika Bhatia and pacer Meghna Singh received their call-ups while Rajeshwari Gayakwad returned in the side after missing the England tour. Richa Ghosh was also included in the ODI squad. Radha Yadav was amongst the four players who were dropped. Yastika Bhatia was impressive in the warm-up game and is likely to start in the first game. 

Probable XI – Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Yastika Bhatia, Richa Ghosh (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Poonam Yadav 

Head to head record of AUS-W vs IND-W 

The rivalry between these two sides is utterly dominated by Australia Women. In 46 ODI matches they’ve competed in, the Aussies have won 37 times while India have won only 9. In the last five meetings, Australia have won four matches. 

Australia Women – 37 

India Women – 9 

1st ODI: Five players to watch out for in the Australia Women vs India Women match 

Here we list down five key players to watch out for in the first ODI match: 

Alyssa Healy: Batter, Australia 

Alyssa Healy is one of the most destructive batters in world cricket and is by far the best opener in the women’s game. She has smashed 1927 runs in 68 innings at an average of 34 while striking at a spectacular rate of 103. Healy has registered three hundreds and 12 fifties in the format. Healy has been even better in the last 10 matches, scoring 539 runs at an average of close to 60 while striking at an incredible rate of 115.  

Meg Lanning: Batter, Australia 

The Australian skipper has a special place in its cricket history. Meg Lanning is one of the best batters across formats in world cricket. She’s a dynamic batter who can play according to the situation. She has been unbelievable in the 50-over format, amassing 3985 runs in 85 matches at a sublime average of 54 while scoring at 94. She has a fantastic conversion rate in the format with 14 hundreds and 15 fifties, with the best of 152*. 

Ellyse Perry: All-rounder, Australia 

The most decorated all-rounder in the women’s game, Ellyse Perry has had immense contribution to not just Australian cricket but for the overall growth of women’s cricket. Perry has over 3100 runs in the 50-over format at a terrific average of 52, including two hundreds and 28 fifties. The right arm medium pacer has picked 152 wickets at an economy of 4.32. Perry has three five-fers and a four-fer to her name, with the best bowling of 7/22. 

Smriti Mandhana: Batter, India 

The stylish left hand batter from India, Smriti Mandhana is amongst the best players in women’s cricket. She has been outstanding for India at the top of the order, having scored 2253 runs in 59 ODIs at an average of 42 while scoring at 84. Mandhana has four hundreds and 18 fifties to her credit, with the best of 135. Smriti was the top run-scorer for India on the England tour across formats and carried that form in the Women’s Hundred competition. 

Mithali Raj: Batter, India 

India’s legendary batter, Mithali Raj is the record holder as the leading run-scorer in the women’s ODI format. The right hand batter has carried the Indian batting unit for two decades, having piled on 7304 runs in 196 innings at a magnificent average of 51.86. She has registered seven centuries and 58 half centuries in the format. Mithali has been in sublime touch, scoring 476 runs in the last 10 innings at an average of 68. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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